US president Joe Biden has proved, within scarcely two months, to be an energetic and ambitious progressive who has begun to reshape the US, specifically the role of the state. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Joe Biden has surprised friends and foes. He was seen during the election as a cautious centrist, whose Trump-imposed nickname “Sleepy Joe” captured a(...)

The ECB is in a bind. It is custodian of the euro and, it can’t walk back without undermining its currency. Photograph: iStock

There is a monetary revolution happening right under our noses. It is of such seismic proportions that the insurrection will force the EU to make a ch(...)

 Roddy Doyle: inspiration from the phone book. Photograph: Alan Betson

Now that the humble telephone directory is no longer a staple in every Irish household, we shouldn’t forget its role in kickstarting the career of a b(...)

The Beast: the presidential limousine. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

Now that we’re about to have a US president about whom we can talk without wincing, and know for certain who’s going to be sleeping in the White House(...)

US president Donald Trump continues to claim credit for market gains. Photograph: Erin Schaff/New York Times/Bloomberg

Donald Trump’s warning that a Joe Biden election victory would catalyse a “stock market collapse the likes of which you never had” hasn’t quite panne(...)

US president Donald Trump displays a signed copy of an executive order. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty

On September 22nd, with an uncharacteristic lack of fanfare, President Donald Trump signed executive order 13950 into law. Titled “Combating Race and (...)

Workers are already thinking about ways they can keep this going after it’s safe to return to the office.

Since coronavirus upended office life in March, many white-collar workers have adjusted their work schedules to better fit their lives, and they’re en(...)

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden: Should he make it to the White House, Biden would have completed the longest marathon in US political history. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

It was late afternoon on February 2nd, the eve of the Iowa caucuses. We were jammed into a high-school gymnasium in Des Moines, the state capital, for(...)

An aerial photograph taken from a drone shows the TPC Harding Park layout in San Francisco during practice for the US PGA Championships. Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA

Had US president Warren G Harding not been bedridden in those midsummer days of 1923, he might have left his eighth-floor suite at the Palace Hotel in(...)

Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh is helping us all keep the faith. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

By the end of this there won’t be a shed in Ireland left unpainted. Both Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh and Brian O’Driscoll have theirs done already, as th(...)

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